With the hopes of aiding law enforcement efforts in cities from Sacramento, Calif., to Fairfax, Va., and places in between, Republic Services Inc., Waste Management Inc. and other haulers are teaming up with police departments by participating in community watch programs.
Drivers are being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity as they see it.
Republic Services takes its role as a community partner very seriously, and is dedicated to being a good neighbor in the communities where its’ employees live and work, says Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services.
“This includes investing in programs that make safety a top priority, and doing what we can to protect our employees and customers,” Caprio says.
At the same time, in Farmington, N.M., police were training 20 Waste Management employees on what to watch out for as they work their collection routes.
Waste Management has been assisting law enforcement in its collection areas for years, but just last month added Farmington to its Waste Watch program. The company trains the employees to watch for problems, hazardous conditions or criminal activity. When a driver notices suspicious or dangerous activity, they notify local authorities to respond.
Republic Services of Sacramento, which employs 184 people, serving 92,000 residential and 11,000 commercial customers in the metropolitan area, has the potential to cover a lot of ground.